The CDC must be held accountable for their misconduct and its consequences

In February 2021, Stand for Health Freedom gathered a panel of experts to discuss evidence of data manipulation and willful misconduct by the CDC, the FDA, and other federal agencies during the COVID crisis. Our panel, which included researchers, doctors, lawyers, medical ethicists, educators, and lawmakers, concluded that a grand jury investigation must be launched to hold these agencies accountable for the federal laws broken and the high price paid by the American public.

Watch the video of the entire event here. For a summary of the highlights, read on.

SHF Co-founder Sayer Ji moderated. He was joined by Dr. Peter Breggin, world-renowned psychiatrist and medical ethicist; Mary Starrett, Board of Commissioners Chair, Yamhill County, Oregon; Dr. David Martin, founder and CEO of M·CAM, Inc. and University of Virginia Batten Fellow; Marc Thielman, Superintendent of Oregon’s Alsea School District; Ana Garner, attorney and legal mediator; Dennis Linthicum, Oregon state senator; Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, biomedical research scientist and public health policy journal editor-in-chief; and Dr. Henry Ealy, naturopathic physician and biomedical research scientist.

Sayer introduced the discussion without mincing words: “We’ll show you all the ways that the CDC manipulated data and inflated COVID cases and fatalities, ignored recoveries, and promoted public health policies based on faulty data.” He continued, “Too many times throughout this crisis, we’ve seen public officials attempt to sidestep accountability and double down on ineffective policies that are based more on assumptions than actual science and verifiable data.”

Sayer explained the panelists collectively invested thousands of hours of investigative research into these allegations. “Evidence,” he said, “that we feel justifies a thorough investigation of the CDC’s conduct during the COVID crisis.”

The robust discussion was organized into 5 roundtables.

Roundtable 1

During the first roundtable, Martin revealed that his organization, M·CAM, had been monitoring potential violations in biological and chemical weapons research since 1999. They found that research was being done into “amplifying the pathogenicity of beta coronaviruses.” Alarmingly, a patent was issued in 2002 to the University of North Carolina (UNC) – Chapel Hill. “That patent,” said Martin, “covered the specific applications of modifying properties of coronavirus so that it infected human lung tissue.”

Patents have also been issued on the genome of the SARS virus, the amplification of it, and the treatment of the resulting disease. By 2016, the coronavirus, according to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, was “poised for human emergence.”

Martin also explained that multiple false statements have been made regarding the coronavirus. This was not a novel virus or novel disease. “All of the clinical presentations of the COVID-19 virus were seen in China … in 2013 and 2014,” he said. SARS-CoV-2 was then altered in 2016 at UNC – Chapel Hill. “Not a single thing about what we’ve been told is novel or new.” Though statements like this were labeled “misinformation,” members of the U.S. Congress are taking this theory so seriously they are under investigation by a special subcommittee.

This is important, because the fear of a novel virus is what drove the public to fearfully heed any government mandates, such as lockdowns, masking, business shut-downs, school closures, and more. And after the fear comes the money.

In 2016, Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance, who Martin said has funneled several million U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan Institute, said that “a key driver is the media, and the economics will follow the hype.”

“This was actually a commercial venture when it started,” said Martin, “It was controlled centrally by the CDC and the National Institutes of Health and ultimately the Department of Health and Human Services. They are the financial beneficiaries and their colleagues and their commercial partners are the ones profiteering on the back of the manipulation of this information.”

Roundtable 2

In the second roundtable, Ealy explained that his peer-reviewed research paper on COVID-19 data collection came into being because “good people asked questions and didn’t take a narrative for the answer.”

“We kept asking other people to verify what we had found,” Ealy said. “We made sure attorneys verified it, we made sure scientists verified it, we made sure colleagues verified it, doctors … we made sure that what we were saying was accurate before we came out with it.”

“As of February 16, [2021],” reported Ealy, “there was a variance of 8,496 fatalities between what the CDC is reporting for the state of New York … and what the New York State Department of Health is reporting for total fatalities. This cannot happen! A variance of 10, 15 fatalities between the CDC and a state, sure, … but when you have a growing variance that’s been going on since April 30 and has now reached 8,496, it calls into question your ability to do something very simple: basic math.”

On March 24, 2020, a document was issued by the CDC on behalf of the National Vital Statistics System that changed how death certificate reporting occurred. The document said, in part, that “the underlying cause depends on what and where conditions are reported on the death certificate, however, the rules for coding and selection of the underlying cause of death are expected to result in COVID-19 being the underlying cause more often than not (emphasis added).”

And what was the answer to the question of whether COVID-19 should be listed as the cause of death only with a confirmed test, to which, Ealy says, most doctors would answer yes? The document stated, “COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death (emphasis added).”

“Really?!” exclaimed Ealy, “Assumed?!”

The document further stated: “If the decedent had other chronic conditions such as COPD or asthma that may have also contributed, these conditions can be reported in part 2.”

“Here’s the big deal about that,” Ealy commented, “That is not the way that was done for the previous 17 years! Comorbid, pre-existing conditions were always tracked in part 1, not part 2. Big, big change right there.”

And after showing a comparison of death certificates between a death from influenza and a death from COVID, Ealy added, “And … they were financially incentivized to do it. That’s the part that’s unethical and unacceptable.”

Ealy further explained that if these changes had not been made to the way deaths are coded, he estimates that instead of 348,255 COVID deaths, the reported number would only be 20,895.

And Ealy reminded us that these death counts don’t even consider the effects of the experimental COVID jabs. “We need an independent audit of all death certificates,” stated Ealy.

Lyons-Weiler spoke about the flawed COVID tests, saying that the tests were so overly sensitive that many false positives were created. The World Health Organization (WHO) has talked about “dialing back the sensitivity” but Lyons-Weiler said the damage from so many false positives that served to shut down society has already been done.

“They forgot about the cost of the false positives,” said Lyons-Weiler. “They forgot about the suicides, the deaths of despair, the hundreds of thousands of businesses that have been shut down. The teen suicide rate is an unacceptable public health tragedy right now in the United States of America. And unless and until we have a bare-all, CDC come clean and say, you know what, you’re right. … We made a mistake, now we can start putting the country back together. But are they going to do it? I doubt it.”

As a result, Lyons-Weiler has created what he calls “Plan B,” which is a “decentralization, depoliticization, and deincentivization of public health” in this country. “I want a big, serious sea change in the United States,” he said.

“I encourage everyone to read this [Plan B] document,” Ji concurred.

Roundtable 3

In the third roundtable, Breggin spoke of the “collateral damage to the social fabric” of humanity, something Thielman was seeing up close in his rural Oregon school district.

Thielman reopened in-person classes in his school district during the COVID lockdowns in August 2020. As of our panel discussion in February 2021, they still had had no COVID cases at the school or any cases connected to the school being open. “And most schools in Oregon are still closed,” Thielman said, despite rising “suicide rates, home stress, and domestic violence.”

“I wrote a letter encouraging counties to open up,” Thielman said, “because we had so many kids trying to harm themselves. The hospitalization rate and visits to the emergency room [were up] for students attempting suicide and then those kids [were] tying it back to being isolated, not being at school, being stuck at home.”

Breggin agreed, saying that we need a different view of children, rather than as a market for products, such as the experimental vaccines now being touted. “Vaccines have not been tested on children,” he said.

Roundtable 4

In the fourth roundtable, Garner stated that when you look at all the data, you find that there’s no public health emergency at all. In her state of New Mexico, the data shows a death rate close to 200,000. But per an analysis of death certificates, “only 15% of these [people] actually died with no comorbidities or trauma.”

In one case in Colorado, said Garner, someone who died with gunshot wounds was coded as dying from COVID, due to a positive PCR test. The local coroner asked the governor to remove COVID as the cause of death and the governor refused.

“What do you do when somebody is coded as COVID and their family should be able to get an accidental death insurance policy?” asked Garner. “But COVID isn’t an accidental death, it’s a contagion. It’s usually excluded from insurance claims. There are so many ramifications that can come from coding the deaths incorrectly.”

“And the next step from this,” said Garner, “is mandatory vaccines.”

The PCR tests are also a concern, she said. They “have a false positive rate of anywhere from 70-90%.” The tests were “marketed under emergency use authorization, which means they didn’t get tested.” Garner also addressed the “myth” of asymptomatic transmission of the disease. “In an almost 10,000-person study done in Wuhan,” she explained, “there was zero asymptomatic transmission. Zero.”

Nevertheless, that myth is driving many of the “very oppressive measures” such as “mask wearing, social distancing, and isolation.”

“Science in this country got hijacked by industry,” said Martin. “This is racketeering, this is anti-trust violations, this is price-fixing … and it’s being perpetrated using taxpayer dollars. This is, in fact, a criminal conspiracy and it needs to be called what it is.”

“There has to be an investigation” into these criminal acts, said Martin, calling these events “an absolute assault to everything we stand for in this country.”

Roundtable 5

In the final roundtable, Lyons-Weiler summarized all this as “willful misconduct at the highest levels.” He gave a slide presentation explaining diagnosis and death ascertainment protocol, showing where data was manipulated. “We need to basically replace the CDC,” he said, stating that they’re only interested in disease they can attempt to prevent with a vaccine.”

His goal? That “your medical wellness can never again become a political commodity.”

Speaking of wellness, Ealy shared some simple ways to ensure that people avoid illness. “The CDC has known for years … that 35-45% of Americans are deficient in vitamin A, 37-46% of Americans are deficient in vitamin C, 65-95% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D, 60-84% of Americans are deficient in vitamin E, and 11-15% of Americans are deficient in zinc. It’s not a coincidence that each of these nutrients I just mentioned are key biochemical players in a well-nourished and effective immune system.”

Ealy’s team has found hundreds of evidence-based, clinical trials where nutrients were successfully used to treat COVID. One detailed 50 cases of moderate to severe COVID in Wuhan. After being given intravenous vitamin C, patients’ hospital stays were 3-5 days shorter, there were no side effects, no deaths, and 100% successful management of cytokine storms.

When asked to summarize the panel discussion, Breggin said that we’re probably setting our children way back and “teaching them to be afraid of each other, teaching them to be afraid of their government, teaching them that nobody cares enough about them to risk getting COVID-19.”

“We need to open the schools up,” said Breggin. “We don’t have a medical crisis … we have a political crisis … and a social crisis. … We’re really looking at something much bigger than COVID-19. We’re looking at the death of freedom.”

“It shouldn’t be an act of bravery to speak truth,” said Ealy. “Join us in taking action. We can’t sit on the sidelines on this one. … It’s about our children and our humanity.”

Sayer closed by asking everyone to “be part of taking back control of our destinies.” Transparency, informed consent, parental rights, and more are all at stake here.

Join us, won’t you?


Steps you can take


Step One: We believe that a federal investigation would reveal that the CDC irreparably compromised data quality during a time of public crisis through its apparent failure to follow established laws for changing the recording of COVID-19 mortality metrics. Please add your name to our grand jury petition here.


Step Two: With just one click, you can also send a pre-drafted email to key congressional committee members urging them to investigate the CDC’s conduct during COVID-19.


Step Three: Stand for Health Freedom will continue to watch global health policy with an eye on agency capture. Make sure you’re subscribed to our email lists and sign up for text alerts for any urgent calls to action; sometimes these things move fast with very little notice.


Jill Hines

Directory of Advocacy
A former banker turned homeschool mom, Jill Hines began researching alternatives to conventional medicine in 2010 and what she discovered changed the trajectory of her life. She corrected a worrisome health issue, and embraced a natural approach to wellness. Advocating for informed consent and parental rights became a full-time mission when she joined the board of the Georgia Coalition for Vaccine Choice and later became the co-director of Health Freedom Louisiana. Due to her advocacy efforts during the COVID crisis, Jill was one of 25 Louisianans selected by Central City News as “a hero of the constitutional crisis.” She was also presented the Impact Award for Outstanding Public Service from the government watchdog organization Citizens for a New Louisiana. Jill now represents hundreds of millions of Americans who experienced censorship due to the Biden administration's efforts to suppress disfavored speech as a plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit Missouri v. Biden. Jill holds a marketing degree from Louisiana Tech University and now passionately “sells” health freedom full-time. Serving as Stand for Health Freedom’s advocacy director provides an incredible opportunity to advance the growing movement to preserve the sacred right to refuse unwanted medical interventions for ourselves and our children without fear of retribution.
“We have lived through a terrifying societal, psychological, and medical experiment which afforded us a knowledge that our forefathers tried to impart and we can no longer ignore: Our freedom is tenuous. For our children’s sake, the time is now to take a stand for health freedom.”

Chrissy Scott

Executive Assistant and Social Media Manager

A labor and delivery nurse with a lifelong passion for maternal and fetal health, Chrissy Scott left her job of 19 years after learning the truth about the harms caused by the medical system. In 2009, she was mandated by her employer to receive the H1N1 vaccine during her first trimester of pregnancy with her second child. She was assured that the vaccine was “safe and effective” for pregnant women, but her son was born with a kidney defect that could have been fatal. She didn’t connect the dots to vaccine injury until several years later when the declining health of her oldest son drove her to seek answers outside of allopathic medicine.

This personal journey ignited in her a new passion for truth and transparency in health care. As SHF’s Executive Assistant, Chrissy facilitates communication and local advocacy initiatives alongside Leah Wilson for their home state of Indiana. She also manages and creates graphics for SHF’s social media accounts and the website’s swag shop.

Chrissy earned her nursing degree from Anderson University and served her entire career at her local hospital. While she’s no longer a floor nurse, her five very active boys frequently test her nursing skills! She homeschools her children and has been co-owner of a successful home décor sign business with her sister.

“Parents, being the experts on their own children, are best suited to make decisions for the well-being of their family. To do this properly, they must be given full and accurate information and be free from force or coercion.”

Ellen Chappelle


Ellen Chappelle serves as SHF’s resident wordsmith. A seasoned writer and editor, she’s enthusiastic about ensuring that our content is clear, concise, and inspiring.

Ellen is most energized by working on projects that transform lives. A truth seeker as well as a journalist, she’s disturbed by the lack of accuracy in today’s media and determined to help share fact rather than fiction. And having found greater healing with alternative approaches, she’s also passionate about preserving our freedom to make informed health choices.

Past projects include serving as regional editor of a dog magazine, color and trend specialist for a small cosmetics company, arts columnist, newspaper reporter, ghostwriter, and creator of website content for artists and small businesses.

With a degree in journalism and theatre, Ellen is also a performer. She enjoyed singing and dancing on a cruise ship and traveling with a national musical theatre tour, as well as recording industrial videos, television commercials, and radio voiceovers. She also creates handcrafted jewelry in wire, chain maille, and fused glass.

“Despite what some would have us believe, the fact remains that this nation was founded on biblical principles by people who wanted freedom to worship God and live their lives without government involvement. It’s never been more critical to fight for those rights.”


Executive Director and Co-founder

An attorney with a background in complex litigation and advocacy, Leah Wilson is passionate about children’s health and has researched and worked on child welfare issues for more than a decade.

The overmedication of children in foster care as a form of behavior management is what compelled Leah to become an advocate and foster parent. During her time as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children, Leah witnessed the rampant use of psychiatric drugs among foster kids. She also discovered that, in addition to many extensive requirements, the state had a policy that all foster children and foster families be fully vaccinated, without exception. Through her involvement in law, health and the foster care system, it became abundantly clear to Leah that the single most important issue affecting child welfare in the United States is the practice of one-size-fits-all medicine via medical mandates. This motivated Leah to expand her advocacy beyond foster care to all children nationwide and to start Stand for Health Freedom (SHF) in 2019.

A graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law, Leah holds dual bachelor degrees in political science and Spanish from Indiana University. In addition to her advocacy work with SHF, Leah is the owner and former operations director of MaxLiving Indy, one of the largest natural health centers in the Midwest. She is also an educator on holistic health as well as a sought-after speaker on issues ranging from religious rights to greening your home.

“Parental rights and religious freedom are God-given natural rights that cannot arbitrarily be taken away by government authorities. Parents are the single most important factor in a child’s success; I stand in full support of this sacred relationship.”

Sayer JI

Director and Co-founder

Sayer Ji is a widely recognized researcher, author, lecturer, activist, and educator on natural health modalities. Among his many roles, he is an advisor to Stand for Health Freedom, a reviewer and editor of the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, an advisory board member of the National Health Federation, a steering committee member of the Global GMO Free Coalition, and the co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed Inc., a revolutionary scientific validation framework.

Most notably, Sayer is the founder of, the world’s most widely referenced, evidence-based natural health resource of its kind. He founded the platform in 2008 to provide an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. Today, has more than a million visits per month, serving as a trusted resource on myriad health and wellness topics to physicians, healthcare practitioners, clinicians, researchers and consumers worldwide.

Sayer attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he studied under the notable American philosopher Dr. Bruce W. Wilshire. He received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1995, with a focus on the philosophy of science. His new book, Regenerate: Unlocking Your Body’s Radical Resilience through the New Biology, was released in March 2020 and is an Amazon bestseller.

“I truly believe that education will be our greatest shield against accelerating the erosion of civil liberties, including the right to bodily sovereignty, as well as the greatest catalyst for positive change on this planet moving forward.”

Bailey Kuykendoll

Associate Director

Designer and visual marketer Bailey Kuykendoll began advocating for health and religious freedom and parental rights in 2014 after learning she was pregnant. A self-described skeptic, she’s not afraid to ask questions and do copious amounts of research to reach her own conclusions.

She’s also not afraid of hard work. As SHF’s Associate Director, Bailey truly keeps the organizational boat afloat. Working closely with our State Directors in each state, she ensures that SHF has calls-to-action for health-freedom bills and petitions on our website and across social media, spreading the word to encourage people to contact their legislators. She builds campaigns, graphics, website pages, and relationships.

Bailey earned a design degree from Harrington Institute of Design in 2008. She then served as a production assistant on several shows for HGTV, followed by working behind the scenes on the X Factor, small indie films, music videos, and documentaries. Bailey joined Health Freedom Florida after moving to the East Coast, becoming co-president of the grassroots organization in 2019. While at Health Freedom Florida, she successfully filed a state bill designed to stop discrimination based on your health status. She joined SHF in the fall of 2020.

“God placed a calling on my heart back in 2008 to be a part of something bigger for Him. Twelve years later, the opportunity came knocking to help others lean into their natural-born rights and take a stand for themselves and their families. I knew this is where I was called to be, and I have never looked back.”

Valerie Borek


Valerie Borek is a passionate advocate for health rights and family privacy. A mother of two with degrees in law and biochemistry, she is perfectly positioned to lead SHF advocates through complex health-rights policy. Her work is guided by a love for American values, uncovering truth, and a passion for empowering others. Valerie has served as SHF’s policy analyst since 2021.

Valerie’s understanding of the value of freedom to make one’s own health care choices is not just academic. Health freedom has kept her boys alive and thriving. Her choice to have home births jump-started her advocacy for health privacy. Her eldest son survived a rare and deadly cancer because her family was able to navigate medical care while holding onto values that were sometimes at odds with recommendations.

Before joining SHF, Valerie specialized in health and parenting rights at her boutique law firm, especially surrounding birth and vaccine rights. She advocated for informed consent in health care and transparent food labeling in her state. She helped found the Birth Rights Bar Association and was honored to present their argument to the Delaware Supreme Court that midwifery is not the practice of medicine, in support of a trailblazing midwife.

“Health is the foundation of how we show up in this world to love, serve, and create. Americans are blessed to live in a country that gets stronger the more we protect fundamental rights, like informed consent and privacy, so individuals and families can thrive.”

Mary Katherine LaCroix


Mary Katherine LaCroix became involved with SHF as a volunteer in 2019 when the religious exemption for childhood vaccines was at risk in her home state of New Jersey. She believes strongly that parents have the responsibility for their children’s health, education, and faith formation and that only they have the right to make medical decisions and manage their care.

She has worked in fundraising for more than 25 years at various educational, cultural, human services, and political organizations. A graduate of the University of Scranton, she holds a degree in History and English Literature.

Mary Katherine is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with and help grow SHF, believing that together we can achieve even greater impact in protecting our rights and caring for our loved ones. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and large extended family, as well as volunteering to support the special needs community.

“Parents are taught that they must trust the experts. That’s what we did, until we learned that the experts can be wrong and don’t always know what is best for your child. Parents should instead feel empowered by their natural, God-given ability to advocate and care for their children. SHF is here to give them the tools to do just that.”

Sheila Ealey

Political Analyst

Dr. Sheila Lewis Ealey is the founder and former director of the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, a therapeutic day school for children who are on the autism spectrum or struggling with other nonverbal intellectual disabilities. The wife of a former U.S. Coast Guard Officer, she is also the mother of four children. Her son was diagnosed with severe autism spectrum disorder at 18 months. He is now a young man and considered moderate and emerging.

Sheila and her twins were featured in the documentary “Vaxxed.” She has traveled extensively, advocating for medical freedom. She continues to educate disenfranchised parents about their fundamental rights to religious and philosophical exemptions, their ability to live sustainably on a limited budget, and the importance of nutrition and biomedical interventions for optimum health with autism. She also writes individual homeschool curriculums for parents of children with autism or intellectual disorders. Sheila is a trustee for the Autism Trust, USA, and on the board of directors of Children’s Health Defense.

Over the past 20 years, she has educated herself to use natural healing modalities for the body and brain. Her formal education includes degrees in communication, special education curriculum, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership in Special Education. Sheila serves as an assistant content advisor and political analyst for SHF.

“It is not the Constitution’s job to protect our liberties, as it is not a philosophical document but a legal one. Its purpose is to limit the powers and authority of our federal government in hopes of preventing an intrusion upon our unalienable rights. We are obliged to maintain our government within its limits.”

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